Big plans for small communities

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By Wendel Sloan: Local columnist Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

Business digest — Aug. 2

Procurement advisor appointed Jonnie Loadwick has been appointed procurement advisor for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. Serving clients in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca, Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties, PTAP assists small businesses in discovering government procurement opportunities and provides a wide range of procurement counseling, training […]

Press release: Federal help available for local business

In an effort to combat the high unemployment rate and frozen credit markets, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act late last year. The federal government has distributed several million dollars to Small Business Development Centers across all fifty states to help small business begin exporting and increase sales overseas. In New […]

Disaster loans available for small, non-farm businesses

CNJ staff Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The […]